Per Brother Benen, we have this new ad from a group calling itself the American Security Initiative, headed up by three former United States Senators, Democrat Evan Bayh and Republican Saxby Chambliss and Norm Coleman. It’s pretty incredible.

The beard on the driver of the Nuke Van is a nice touch.

That nobody, not even Lindsey Graham or Benjamin Netanyahu (both with audio cameos in the ad), is talking about nuclear attacks on or in the United States, doesn’t keep these birds from the cheapest kind of demagoguery.

As Steve says:

Seriously, Evan Bayh? You chose to be associated with this on purpose?

I guess it could have been worse: the Nuke Van could have had “ISIS” stenciled on the side, and could have been shown crossing the Mexican border before arriving in a city for the big kaboom. Sure, ISIS is a mortal enemy of Iran, but who’s worrying about facts here? Hell, put a hammer and sickle on the van while you’re at it.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.